The Big Ten-ACC Challenge matchups were announced today, and Northwestern has drawn Georgia Tech for the third time in the past five years. The Wildcats and Yellow Jackets met in the challenge in 2010 and 2011 — once in Evanston and once in Atlanta — and NU won both games by an average of 18 points. This year, they will meet on December 3.
It's certainly not a marquee game, though that was to be expected, since the Wildcats have yet to reach elite — or even NCAA Tournament-level — status. NU is 6-9 all-time in the challenge and lost at North Carolina State last year. The game will be broadcast on the ESPN family of networks. You can see all of the matchups here.
Georgia Tech finished 109th in last year's KenPom ratings, while Northwestern finished 131st. The graduation of Trae Golden and Daniel Miller will hurt the Yellow Jackets, but they return sophomore Marcus Georges-Hunt and add four-star freshman Tadric Jackson. NU returns Alex Olah, JerShon Cobb, Tre Demps and Sanjay Lumpkin, among others, and adds an impressive freshman class, headlined by four-stars Vic Law and Bryant McIntosh.
The rest of NU's non-conference schedule has not been officially announced, but the Wildcats are believed to be playing Stanford and UIC at home, and Butler and DePaul on the road. The full schedule should be announced this summer.